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Beware Bad Feminism

April 26, 2014

I love taking Buzzfeed quizzes and of course, I recognize their low validity. (I just took the Who Should I Marry quiz and it revealed that I should marry a pizza.) However, I was disturbed to find this quiz, “Are you a bad feminist?” where people are asked to check the options that apply to them. Apparently, I’m on the verge of being a bad feminist because I like Kate Middleton, don’t care if people change their last names after being married (it’s their choice!) and shave my legs and armpits. I read through the comments after taking the quiz and some people are outraged while others argue that the quiz is a parody of comments feminists make about non-feminists.

It got me thinking a lot… If “feminism is for everybody” as bell hooks put it, then the quiz feels contradictory to that point. Isn’t it contradictory to the movement if we waste time deeming some women bad or good feminists? I will admit that there are moments when I judge actions or things as “unfeminist” or “feminist”. A movie might be unfeminist to me when it objectifies women, etc.

ImageBecause I can’t resist the opportunity to put a photo of Kate Middleton on my blog…

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